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Our 2017 Keynotes…

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Our 2017 GEEKERS…

Shane Matthews

Inventor & Manufacturing Catalyst, ATDC

Shane will be one of the stars of The Maker Show. You'll want to stick around for this! The Maker Show doesn't just tell you but also shows you how products develop from idea to initial prototype, to a final product. See More »

Appearances

The Maker Show Fri, Jan 27th 2:45pm - 3:45pm

G. Michael Lester

Technology Transfer Partnership Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Technology Transfer Office

There’s more Space in your life than you think! Through its Technology Transfer Program, NASA makes these extraordinary technologies available to U.S. entrepreneurs, companies, universities, and other government agencies so they can be repurposed. See More »

Appearances

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program Fri, Jan 27th 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Spencer Pitman

Head of Product Strategy, Made In Space, Inc.

What if we no longer had to launch (and sometimes lose) delicate systems from the planet's surface, but could build them in the sky? Made In Space was founded in 2010 with the goal of building the tools for an interplanetary reality. See More »

Appearances

3D Printing in Space: Innovation on Earth & Beyond Fri, Jan 27th 10:15am - 11:15am

Ray Owens

President, DXM Marketing

Would you like to do more with less? Of course you would. For your business it's especially important to master this so you can scale. Join Ray for tips, tricks, and top picks on utilizing in-market triggers to increase your ROI and conversions. See More »

Appearances

Do More with Less – In Market Triggers Fri, Jan 27th 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Siobhan Egan

Co-editor, Paprika Southern

Is your business’s social media presence serving you well? Put it in front of this panel of experts for live feedback. Learn from real examples not abstract principles! To get your endeavor picked for consideration, tweet in advance to our panel. See More »

Appearances

Social Media Smackdown Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Bevin Jalbert

Co-editor, Paprika Southern

Is your business’s social media presence serving you well? Put it in front of this panel of experts for live feedback. Learn from real examples not abstract principles! To get your endeavor picked for consideration, tweet in advance to our panel. See More »

Appearances

Social Media Smackdown Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Ashlee Perkins

Co-Founder/Chief Digital Marketing Strategist at Everyone.Marketing

Is your business’s social media presence serving you well? Put it in front of this panel of experts for live feedback. Learn from real examples not abstract principles! To get your endeavor picked for consideration, tweet in advance to our panel. See More »

Appearances

Social Media Smackdown Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Rosario Robinson

Director, Anita Borg Institute Communities & Her Systers’ Keeper

This session looks closely at how the tech progresses while participation across all audiences does not. The intention is to expand the conversation of diversity and inclusion in tech, resulting in clear and actionable goals with local impact. See More »

Appearances

Toward Diversity in Tech Through Intentional Inclusion Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Rodney Sampson

Chief of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, TechSquare Labs

This session looks closely at how the tech progresses while participation across all audiences does not. The intention is to expand the conversation of diversity and inclusion in tech, resulting in clear and actionable goals with local impact. See More »

Appearances

Toward Diversity in Tech Through Intentional Inclusion Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Erica Stanley

Founder, Acire Studios & Cofounder, Women Who Code - Atlanta

This session looks closely at how the tech progresses while participation across all audiences does not. The intention is to expand the conversation of diversity and inclusion in tech, resulting in clear and actionable goals with local impact. See More »

Appearances

Toward Diversity in Tech Through Intentional Inclusion Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Ty Donaldson

Co-founder, Maven Makers

This free and open-to-the public session will teach students the basics of 3D modeling, starting with Geekend's favorite 3D model, the Geekbot! After the session students will have a file they can take to a 3D printer to make their model come to life See More »

Appearances

3D Modeling with the Geekbot Sat, Jan 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Tim Cone

Co-founder, Maven Makers

This free and open-to-the public session will teach students the basics of 3D modeling, starting with Geekend's favorite 3D model, the Geekbot! After the session students will have a file they can take to a 3D printer to make their model come to life See More »

Appearances

3D Modeling with the Geekbot Sat, Jan 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Jessica McGlory

Digital Marketing Manager, Engine Media Group

How do you know what your customers want? How do you deliver those features? AND easily validate their demand? This panel has been there and done that and will tell you all about it. See More »

Appearances

Social Media Smackdown Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Betsy Plattenburg

Startup Catalyst, ATDC

Innovation is not just for start-ups! Our corporate panelists will share the latest and greatest that they’re up to as well as how start-ups and corporations can work together and describe how big corporations repeat innovation time and time again. See More »

Appearances

Corporate Innovation Fri, Jan 27th 10:15am - 11:15am

Larry Patterson

Director, Advanced Computing Technologies, Gulfstream Aerospace

Innovation is not just for start-ups! Our corporate panelists will share the latest and greatest that they’re up to as well as how start-ups and corporations can work together and describe how big corporations repeat innovation time and time again. See More »

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Corporate Innovation Fri, Jan 27th 10:15am - 11:15am AR/VR in the Real World Sat, Jan 28th 9:30am - 10:30am

Russ Clark

Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science

Smart cities are just around the corner (or here), integrating IT with IOT (that’s Internet of Things) to help manage everything from streetlights to parking. Panel will share best practices and opportunities that come from building Smarter Cities. See More »

Appearances

What Makes for a Smart City? Sat, Jan 28th 10:45am - 11:45am

Margaret Martin

CEO, CN2, Inc.

Pokemon Go’s summer success was a breakout hit for augmented reality. With the release of the Oculus Rift this year virtual reality is also coming to consumers. How should entrepreneurs and companies understand and plan for these emerging markets? See More »

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AR/VR in the Real World Sat, Jan 28th 9:30am - 10:30am

Austin Miller

Co-founder, Esteem Therapeutics

How do you know what your customers want? How do you deliver those features? AND easily validate their demand? This panel has been there and done that and will tell you all about it. See More »

Appearances

Grow and Sell Your Business Fri, Jan 27th 1:30pm - 2:30pm

John Wallace

Director of Innovation, Retail Solutions at Emerson Climate Technologies

Innovation is not just for start-ups! Our corporate panelists will share the latest and greatest that they’re up to as well as how start-ups and corporations can work together and describe how big corporations repeat innovation time and time again. See More »

Appearances

Corporate Innovation Fri, Jan 27th 10:15am - 11:15am

James Bezner

General Manager, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems – Savannah Machinery Works

Innovation is not just for start-ups! Our corporate panelists will share the latest and greatest that they’re up to as well as how start-ups and corporations can work together and describe how big corporations repeat innovation time and time again. See More »

Appearances

Corporate Innovation Fri, Jan 27th 10:15am - 11:15am

Ray Crowell

Partner & Managing Director, humble ventures

How do you know what your customers want? How do you deliver those features? AND easily validate their demand? This panel has been there and done that and will tell you all about it. From the MVP (minium viable product) to building sustainable busi See More »

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Building an MVP and Scaling Lean Sat, Jan 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Jennifer Bonnett

General Manager, ATDC

Jen leads ATDC’s programming on campus and throughout the state. See More »

Appearances

Grow and Sell Your Business Fri, Jan 27th 1:30pm - 2:30pm What Are Investors Looking For? Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kevin Klinkenberg

Executive Director, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority

It might be awhile before we join the Jetsons in Orbit City but smart cities are just around the corner (and, in some cases, here). Integrating IT with IOT (that’s Internet of Things) to help manage everything from streetlights to parking. See More »

Appearances

What Makes for a Smart City? Sat, Jan 28th 10:45am - 11:45am

Clegg Ivey

Guild Master, The Guild Hall

Clegg will be a Ring Master at Pitch Circus, juggling questions for our companies and from you, the audience, as the entrepreneurs take turns presenting their latest and greatest. See More »

Appearances

The Maker Show Fri, Jan 27th 2:45pm - 3:45pm Pitch Circus Fri, Jan 27th 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Greg Kolovich

Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Micro C

Greg will be one of the stars of The Maker Show. You'll want to stick around for this! The Maker Show doesn't just tell you but also shows you how products develop from idea to initial prototype, to a final product. See More »

Appearances

The Maker Show Fri, Jan 27th 2:45pm - 3:45pm

DARLENE GILLARD JONES

Chief Community Officer & Founding Member, Digitalundivided

Join Darlene Gillard Jones in expanding the conversation of diversity and inclusion in tech and have clear actionable goals that will impact Savannah’s local tech community. See More »

Appearances

Toward Diversity in Tech Through Intentional Inclusion Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr. Justin Pounders

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Innovative engineering requires cross-disciplinary collaboration. But what does this really mean, and why it is more important today than ever before? See More »

Appearances

Intersection Engineering: A Paradigm for Innovation Fri, Jan 27th 11:30am - 12:45pm

Bethany Armstrong

Graphic Design and User Experience Professor, SCAD

User experience design is the special sauce that makes products intuitive and user-friendly. Learn from these seasoned UI/UX professionals about the process of designing and building products that feel effortless. See More »

Appearances

The Art and Science of UI/UX Sat, Jan 28th 10:45am - 11:45am

Robert Floyd

Art Director & Lead Designer, Gauge Interactive

User experience design is the special sauce that makes products intuitive and user-friendly. Learn from these seasoned UI/UX professionals about the process of designing and building products that feel effortless. See More »

Appearances

The Art and Science of UI/UX Sat, Jan 28th 10:45am - 11:45am

Nate Lynch

User Experience Designer, Gulfstream Aerospace

User experience design is the special sauce that makes products intuitive and user-friendly. Learn from these seasoned UI/UX professionals about the process of designing and building products that feel effortless. See More »

Appearances

The Art and Science of UI/UX Sat, Jan 28th 10:45am - 11:45am

Holly Beilin

Editor in Chief, Hypepotamus

Holly's experience in public relations, marketing and strategic communications makes her the ideal candidate to lead our rockstar panel on "How to get media attention for your startup." See More »

Appearances

Getting Media Attention for your Startup Fri, Jan 27th 11:30am - 12:45pm

Bob Wray

Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

Appearances

The Maker Show Fri, Jan 27th 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Donny Slater

Creative Director, BCKYRD

Appearances

Social Media Smackdown Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Malcolm Howard

CTO, ProjectMQ

Appearances

Whats in a Video Game? Sat, Jan 28th 3:30pm - 4:30pm Indie Game Awards Presentations Sat, Jan 28th 4:30pm - 6:00pm

James Averett

Video Game Character Designer

Averett's work has been noted for its ability to capture and convey characters whose actions are believable, consistent, and often funny. See More »

Appearances

Whats in a Video Game? Sat, Jan 28th 3:30pm - 4:30pm

NICK BATEY

CEO, Avant Games Inc. & Director of Information Technology at Chatham County

Nick serves as the Director of IT at Chatham County, aligning the technology offerings and personnel efforts to meet the diverse needs of Chatham County. He is also Owner/CEO and Lead Designer at Avant Games Inc., a Savannah based indie game studio. See More »

Appearances

Whats in a Video Game? Sat, Jan 28th 3:30pm - 4:30pm

KEVIN DEWALT

Founder, ScribbleIQ

Kevin is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on Marketing SAAS products. See More »

Appearances

Building an MVP and Scaling Lean Sat, Jan 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Noah Everett

Founder & CEO, TwitPic & Founder, Pingly

The exit. The myth. The legend. How do you grow your business to be attractive to buyers? See More »

Appearances

Grow and Sell Your Business Fri, Jan 27th 1:30pm - 2:30pm

LESLEY FRANCIS

President & Founder, Lesley Francis PR

A helpful mention in the right place can propel your startup and connect you with customers. How can you get the attention that helps your positioning? See More »

Appearances

Getting Media Attention for your Startup Fri, Jan 27th 11:30am - 12:45pm

BAIRD HALL

Lead Scout, Fount & Founder, Wavve Inc.

Fount's experience covers web, mobile, & API development across a wide spread of verticals including consumer products, enterprise services and healthcare. See More »

Appearances

Building an MVP and Scaling Lean Sat, Jan 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Kevin Lawver

Chief Technology Officer, Planted

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Kevin Lawver has been building web applications since 1997. He spent 13 years at AOL building gigantic (for the time)web applications for search,feed reading,and several social media apps. He loves coffee, BBQ and building awesome stuff! See More »

Appearances

Javascript Frameworks Decoded Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Carl Lewis

Data Journalist

Lewis is an interactive developer/data journalist, civic-tech entrepreneur, newsroom change consultant, part-time digital journalism educator, design thinker, former online editor/social media manager, and interaction programmer. See More »

Appearances

Javascript Frameworks Decoded Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

JACK MAMAIS

Director, Impeller Studios & Interactive Design & Game Development Professor, SCAD

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Jack Mamais is the Director, of Impeller Studios, and an Interactive design and game development professor, at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). See More »

Appearances

Whats in a Video Game? Sat, Jan 28th 3:30pm - 4:30pm

JOHN OSBORNE

Director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, & EA for Charleston Angel Partners

John has the most experience in b2b software, service based business, and non­profit organizations. He started his own crowdfunding business in 2012 where he established multiple donation based community crowdfunding sites. See More »

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What Are Investors Looking For? Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Jason Premo

President, CEO, Design Engineer, Serial Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor

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Jason leads micro-cap private equity firm PREMO VENTURES specializing in buyout acquisition transactions of smaller and fragmented $1MM-$5MM size companies. See More »

Appearances

What Are Investors Looking For? Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pitch Circus Fri, Jan 27th 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Kiki Roeder

President of the Redeor Strategy Studio & Managing Partner of Hypepotamus

Kiki will moderate for Chris Kelsey. When he was 17, Chris Kelsey dropped out of school to start Appsitude. Now, at the ripe age of 19, Chris’s company is poised to make $10m+ revenue by the end of 2016. See More »

Appearances

Getting Media Attention for your Startup Fri, Jan 27th 11:30am - 12:45pm

ROB LINGLE

CEO & Code Wrassler, Oak.Works

Devs young and old, newbie and pro. Join Rob to learn current state of JavaScript development, best practices for getting things done and avoiding framework fatigue and evolving in a fast-changing development environment. See More »

Appearances

Javascript Frameworks Decoded Sat, Jan 28th 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Shelley Steigerwald

Startup Product Marketer, CO-Founder Streetparkd

It might be awhile before we join the Jetsons in Orbit City but smart cities are just around the corner (and, in some cases, here). Integrating IT with IOT (that’s Internet of Things) to help manage everything from streetlights to parking. See More »

Appearances

What Makes for a Smart City? Sat, Jan 28th 10:45am - 11:45am Building an MVP and Scaling Lean Sat, Jan 28th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

DR. BARTOSZ WOJSZCZYK

Managing Partner, Decision Point Global, USA

Bartosz is a founder of Decision Point Global that invests in and delivers on big ideas through unique and step-change technology innovation and rapid commercialization at the highest possible return and the lowest possible risk and cost. See More »

Appearances

What Are Investors Looking For? Fri, Jan 27th 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pitch Circus Fri, Jan 27th 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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